Why Use Visual Aids?

Aug 26, 2015 by Steve Rick in  Event Tips

Ditch the long paragraphs and even the bullet points – use images instead. How many times have you sat in on a presentation only to be bored to tears? Let’s face it, we’d rather look at pictures than stare at a screen full of text and that is why you need to use visual aids during your next presentation.

One of the most important things to do before planning an event or presentation is to come up with goals. Why are you putting on this presentation in the first place? Once you establish clear goals, you want to accomplish them right?  Research shows that you are twice as likely to accomplish your goals by using visual aids.

According to Professor Albert Mehrabian, 55% of the information we take in is visual while only 7% is text. Believe it or not, we are 50% more likely to retain a visual message after 3 days compared to bullet points where we only remember about 10% of the message portrayed.

Remember the old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” – the same idea holds true for presentations. Keep that in mind the next time you are preparing slides.

Need a projector or projector screens for your next event? Call CitiView Audio Visual today – we’ve got you covered!

Why Is Mic Placement Important?

Oct 14, 2015

When it comes to achieving the best possible sound quality, mic placement matters. There’s a lot more to getting good sound out of a microphone than simply standing behind it and speaking directly into it. Proper mic placement offers optimal signal to noise ratio, gain before feedback and helps you achieve the mic’s “sweet spot”.

If there is going to be background noise during your next event, using a directional microphone is your best bet. These mics work to reject sound coming from nearby allowing you to achieve proper signal to noise ratio.

It’s important to understand your microphone’s angle of rejection especially when it comes to aligning floor monitors or side fills. Keep in mind that when a sound source is closer to the microphone, the mic will put out a stronger signal. This is ideal if you want to add some depth to your vocals, but don’t over do it.

To find the “sweet spot” it’s going to take some trial and error. The best way to find the optimal sound is to literally move the mic around until it sounds best. If you’re using an omnidirectional microphone you can test the sound by covering one ear and listening to the sound with the other. For a cardioid mic, cover one ear and cup your hand behind the other and finally, for a stereo pair cup both hands behind your ears.

At CitiView Audio Visual, we can help you choose the best equipment and aid with the setup for achieving the highest quality audio. Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to find out how we can help!

Common Projector Problems

May 05, 2015

You’ve spent endless hours practicing your speech. You put together a dynamite visual presentation, and you’re ready to “wow” your audience. It’s time to set up the projector and get everything ready for the event, when all of a sudden you experience problems with the machine. What do you do?

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Nowadays, projectors are a staple in most business meetings and presentations because of their ability to accompany a speech with visual aids. While they can really enhance your event, there are a few problems you may face when operating an LCD projector. But don’t worry, it’s usually a quick fix!

Purple Dots

If you turn the machine on only to notice pink or purple dots on the screen, it means there are dust particles in the green panel. Dust particles can affect the quality of the images you are displaying, so you should clean the projector regularly to eliminate this problem.

Poor Image Quality

Are your images blurry or distorted? This can be a result of an unaligned computer resolution. Most new projectors come with an automatic alignment feature but if yours doesn’t have one, all you need to do is adjust the computer’s resolution until the images improve.

Remote Control Isn’t Working

If your remote doesn’t seem to be working, check the batteries first. If it still doesn’t work after replacing the batteries, move a bit closer to the machine. Most remote controls have a recommended distance range and you may be too far away.

Need a projector for your next event? Whether you need the actual machine, or would simply like to rent projection screens, CitiView Audio Visual has you covered! Give us a call today at 212-632-5196.

Tips For A Successful Webcast

Sep 08, 2015

Is your business looking to build better customer relationships, launch exciting new products or strengthen your brand? Although many companies know these are vital components of any business, they don’t know how to do it successfully. So, what’s the trick? Webcasting is an extremely effective tool – but make sure you follow the tips below:

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  1. Build Awareness: while webcasts are great tools for reaching a large number of people without spending a fortune, having the right audience is key. Building awareness will help optimize your success and ensure that your target audience is reached. You may want to consider building a pre-event website and sending pre-registration emails.
  2. Create a Checklist: make sure your webcast runs smoothly by creating a pre-event checklist. You’ll need to have the proper internet infrastructure, find out what audio visual equipment will be required and carefully plan out your business objectives.
  3. Quality Streaming: without the right equipment, it’s going to be difficult to put on a quality webcast. The audio visual equipment is only one step, but you also need to make sure you have a quality encoder, the right software and streaming support infrastructure – that’s where we come in!

At CitiView Audio Visual, we have what it takes to conduct a webcast that leaves a lasting impression. From Multi-Camera Switching to Picture-in-Picture and Content Delivery systems we’ve got you covered. Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to learn more.

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